No Knead Crusty Bread

Donna Graffagnino


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14 Hr
1 Hr 15 Min


3 c
unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2
1 Tbsp

How to Make No Knead Crusty Bread


  • 1In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, yeast, and sugar. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours. Overnight works great.

    Note: Regular active yeast can be used in place of the instant or rapid rise yeast but it will need to be activated in 1/4 cup warm water with 1 tsp sugar. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. However, the rapid rise works the best.
  • 2DO NOT REFRIGERATE. This is not optional. It takes that much time to proof the dough. The reason why you need a large bowl, is because the dough will start to rise.
  • 3Heat oven to 450 degrees. Once the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  • 4Right after you put the pan in the oven to preheat, dump the dough out onto a HEAVILY floured surface and shape it into a round ball. A pastry cloth works great! Cover with plastic wrap and let set for 30 minutes while the pot is heating.
  • 5Remove hot pot from the oven and carefully drop in the dough. You do NOT have to have an enamel covered cast iron pot. You can use anything with a lid that can take the heat, such as a 5.5 quart cast iron enamel covered pot.

    You DO NOT need to oil the pot. At least not in a enamel covered cast iron or regular cast iron pot.
  • 6Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • 7Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. Remember the pot is HOT so use a couple of hot pads and carefully pull out the bread.
  • 8Tips: Use your imagination and add other ingredients like garlic, onion, cheese, pepperoni, dill, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, dried fruits, nuts, etc.
  • 9Enjoy!

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About No Knead Crusty Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads, Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids